Follow the Arrow Please!

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Today the shoppers out there were angry my friends. Like old man winter they released their wrath wherever they could. I had some things to pick up at Michaels to make a unicorn horn for a horse.

I needed some Fimo to make the Unicorn horn so I placed a couple of packs in my cart. Every store has arrows on the floor these days and I swear I was going down the proper way. As I turned my cart around the corner I realized I should get another pack of Fimo. So, I left the cart there and took 6 footsteps backwards to get another pack. The arrow was going the other way,  but there was no cart, and just me grabbing Fimo. An elderly man, (well he was a few years older than me) came down the lane and began pointing his finger at me so many times I couldn’t count.

“Get out of here, get out of here, you are going the wrong way– you could give me Covid! Get out, get out before I call management, he yelled.

I asked myself what could this angry old man even want in Michaels? What kind of craft was he making with that attitude?

I threw up my hands wondering if Michael’s had an arrows guidebook I didn’t know about. Do you remember the days of yore when one could walk down the aisles without beholding to floor markings? I’ve never really ran into this issue before, or had a conflict at any retail store in my 63 years plus of buying anything. Now, the struggle is real! Is it me or do those arrows trail off to Neverland sometimes?

It just seems to be a lot to remember for all of us and we Canadians have really never had retail standoffs before. So now if I need items from aisles 2 and 4– I have to  walk all the way to the back of the aisle then double back. If I’m unknowingly infected, have I crop dusted the whole section rather than a quarter of it?

What if people are shopping at the same speed? Shopper A heads down the aisle and Shopper B follows 8 feet behind.  Shopper B knows what he wants and it’s 3/4 of the way down the aisle. Shopper A has to look for their item that’s about halfway down the aisle. Is Shopper B supposed to stand there and wait for Shopper A to decide if she wants spaghetti or fettuccine for dinner? This would create a lot of congestion rather than just passing by as far away as possible—so then, why is passing in the same direction any different from passing in opposite directions?

Obviously I have way too much time on my hands to think about these things, but for now, let’s please be patient and kind to one another. We need to pay attention to signs and arrows for the benefit of all. Heck, maybe I just need a sign that says: “Caution– may not get along with others!”

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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